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Week 5

At 5 weeks pregnant your baby is around 5mm and the size of an orange seed.

Your baby may resemble a tadpole this week, but his arms and legs are already starting to show in the form of little buds.

This week is very important for brain development as your baby’s cells are developing into the neural tube which will become their spinal column and their brain. SO make sure you are taking folic acid.

By now your period will be officially late and you may feel all over the place. Your hormones will be raging as your levels of estrogen increase to help keep up the levels of progesterone and HCG. Progesterone is there to help maintain the placenta and help stimulate breast tissue growth. HCG is a hormone that supports the corpus luteum which nourishes the baby until the placenta kicks in which is usually around 10 weeks.

With all these new hormones flying around, it’s perfectly normal to feel very emotional. So do not watch a soppy film, or a soppy advert unless you have a box of tissues ready!

You will also notice this week that your breasts may start to feel heavy and uncomfortable or you may have back ache or mild cramps. Try a warm bath to relieve them but if they become a problem please see your GP.

 

Things you may want to think about this week:

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Is it ok to exercise?

If you exercise regularly then there is no need to stop, just make sure you don’t overdo it! If you don’t normally exercise, then now is a great time to start. Don’t jump straight into running cross country, but gentle walking or swimming are great ways of keeping fit while pregnant

When to spread the news?

You may want to run around screaming it from the roof tops, or you may wish to keep it quite as long as possible, everyone is different. But you may want to discuss it with your partner when you feel would be the best time and who to tell. The last thing you want is for your partner to run telling their friends and family if you wanted to keep it hush hush. If you don’t have a partner, then find a close friend or family member to talk to. Pregnancy is a very emotional time so it’s a good idea to have someone to talk everything through with, even if it is just baby names!

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